Medini – Work, Play, Live

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The flagship development of Iskandar, Medini offers a compelling proposition as a place for business, lifestyle and living. Within 908 hectares of prime land in the heart of this rapidly growing area, it offers an urban development in complete harmony with its natural setting. Most importantly, it serves up a treat of factors on its menu for buyers looking for a second home, or a place with attractive potential yield for investment.

Location

Strategically located between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, right in the heart of the Iskandar Regional Development and connected via Tuas, it is a mere 20 minutes from Johor Bahru and 40 minutes from Singapore’s Central Business District. For the frequent traveller, you will be pleased to know that the Senai Airport lies just 25 minutes while Singapore’s Changi International Airport is 50 minutes away.

Infrastructure

In aspiring to be a choice destination for investment in Asia, Medini has been designed with world-class infrastructure connecting Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world via well connected rail, rapid transit system, highways, sea ports and international airports.

It also comes full equipped with an integrated infrastructure with high-quality education, healthcare and other amenities with high speed broadband and telecommunication links to support a pro-business environment.

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In addition, the 300-bed, state-of-the-art Gleneagles Medini hospital is well on track to begin operations by second half of 2015. Equipped with cutting-edge medical technology and top notch healthcare professionals that have become synonymous with the brand, the tertiary hospital will further boost the attractiveness of Iskandar as a healthcare destination, easily accessible to patients from all across Malaysia and medical travellers from around the region.

Pro-Business

Offering a similarly high standard of living to cities like Singapore and Hong Kong when fully realised, Medini offers attractive cost advantages for businesses to operate and grow. Fully supported by the Malaysian government, this economic development region offers up a pro-business environment with a ready pool of English-speaking and educated workforce. Goldbury Communications, a home-grown IT automotive consultancy firm and Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, are just two of the many companies who have since set up offices in this leading economic growth corridor.

Another of a key target business cluster is the ecosystem for the creative and media sectors, Media @ Medini. This initiative facilitates a ‘blended solution’ concept which can provide the full media value chain from script to final production, by potentially linking complimentary service offerings of Media @ Medini, with Pinewood Studios Malaysia, and Mediapolis Singapore.

Residential

As Singapore’s closest neighbour and easily the second most developed country just behind us, the close cultural and similarities in food and lifestyle makes Malaysia an attractive overseas property investment. Though the average property prices have increased, the real estate prices in Medini is still lower than similar properties in Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, providing a much more attractive option for a second home or as a property investment. Of course, the favourable exchange rates, the Rapid Transit System (RTS) between Johor Bahru city and Singapore’s Thomson MRT line, and the High Speed Rail linking Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar and Singapore further add to the cause for purchasing homes in Iskandar Malaysia.

There are five economic zones, with Zone B, Nusajaya proving to be the most popular with the property investors thus far. With complete township planning that includes specialized security forces and facilities, and quality living conditions, Nusajaya is one of the zone with one of the highest build standards too.

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Paradiso Nuova, which is located 10 minutes away from Singapore’s second link, is an affordable yet high-end quality development for home buyers and investors that offers easy ownership package with all international lots and, most importantly, exempted from the RM1 million threshold for foreigners.

Lifestyle

All work and no play makes for a dull week, luckily for residents of Medini, there are plenty of options in Iskandar for them to play, relax and unwind after a long day or during the weekends. Apart from the first LegoLand in Asia, Legoland Malaysia, there is also the Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park that also houses the first Hello Kitty Town outside Japan that will be perfect for the family.

For the shoppers, remember to visit the 175,000 square feet Johor Premium Outlets that offers impressive savings of up to 65% off more than 80 designer and high fashion brands. Unwind at the end of the day with an evening spent at the Puteri Habour, which will offer exceptional waterfront living, dining, entertainment, and arts and culture in a picturesque setting.

To find out & experience a better way of living, beyond luxury living, sign up for our iBonus Property Fieldtrip to Paradiso Nuova by Zhuoyuan Iskandar on 11th April 2015 here.

This article has been brought to you by Zhouyuan Iskandar.

 

The Beacon of Medini, the Gateway to Paradise

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With no signs of slowing down, the township of Medini in Johor’s Iskandar Malaysia remains a property hot spot as more attractions, schools and companies sprout and expand in the area. With an estimated population of 3 million by 2025 and labour force of 1.46 million according to IRDA, the possibilities for growth remains highly positive.

While the influx of sales have slowed, there remains a steady growth in the home ownership figures. As the first wave of early adopters have already staked their claims on their favoured developments in the early phase, the current group of home buyers and investors are taking a long quick look at investments around the region, and many of them keep coming back to our favourite investment area just north of our borders.

A Greenfield development spanning 2,230 acres earmarked to become the Central Business District of Iskandar Malaysia. Home also to signature developments such as EduCity, a international best-in-class education hub, the new Johor State Administrative Capital; Puteri Harbour, a premium waterfront development across the strait from Singapore, and of course, the newly opened LEGOLAND® Malaysia theme park. It is also located conveniently a mere ten minutes from the 2nd Link CIQ and fifteen minutes to Johor Bahru City Centre.

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Against the backdrop of all these and backed by Zhuoyuan Iskandar Sdn Bdn, a joint venture company backed by China’s Zhuoda Real Estate Group and Malaysia’s Iskandar Investment Berhad, the master planner for Nusajaya, Paradiso Nuova is set to be the beacon in the heart of Medini North, Iskandar.

Crafted to deliver a new standard of living of luxury in Medini, the design concept of Paradiso Nuova has been centered on delivering spacious and comfortable living for its residents. With the architectural concept creating a visual archway to a life of luxury with decorated finishes and accessories, it is the gateway to a modern lifestyle of luxury in Medini.

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With Zhuoda Real Estate Group as one of China’s top 10 township developer, Zhuoyuan Iskandar has spared no efforts in making the 382-units Paradiso Nuova a haven for the residents with branded appliances, fittings and suite of comprehensive facilities including kitchen appliances from Bosch, kitchen fittings from Teka and sanitary fittings from Grohe.

As Datuk Syed Mohamed Ibrahim, president and CEO of Iskandar Investment Berhad at the development ground-breaking event last year summed it up “More than just a collection of spectacular, high-quality apartments, Paradiso Nuova will offer a way of community living that integrates the best of East and West. Paradiso Nuova by Zhuoyuan Iskandar will definitely strike a chord with Singaporeans who have grown up being accustomed to an exposure of influences from the east and the west.

To find out & experience a better way of living, beyond luxury living, sign up for our iBonus Property Fieldtrip to Paradiso Nuova by Zhuoyuan Iskandar on 11th April 2015 here.

This article has been brought to you by Zhouyuan Iskandar.

No better time to Invest in Overseas Property

Simply because if the time is right for you, it is the right time. There are risks, which comes with all types of investment of course, but you can certainly make wise, calculated decisions by attending property seminars, speaking with experienced industry experts and doing your own research.

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With information of overseas property becoming more accessible and detailed, and with online sources available 24-7, information is at your fingertips, literally. Why purchase a property in Asia? It is nearer to home, and also makes a good holiday home option. Depending on the rules and regulations in the country of purchase, properties are cheaper and have more space for growth. And rental yields can be substantial, if you invest in the right property in the right location. Compared to Singapore properties, where home loans and buying curbs are increasingly being implemented, the real estate landscape overseas could be more fertile for short-term investment.

Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia.

Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia.

Malaysian properties are increasingly popular, especially with strong and steady developments at the Iskandar region. Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor,is part of the Iskandar Malaysia development. Movenpick WHite Sands PattayaNear enough to Singapore with properties half the price or less of the same here, with the luxury of the space of your own, landed homes here are easily accessible via the North-South Expressway, Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, Skudai Expressway and the Perling Expressway. Cluster housing within a spacious buy cosy 1,200 acres, it encourages family and community living.

Looking further north into Thailand, beachfront living in the heart of Asia is offered by Apex Development. Situated in Pattaya, the Movenpick White Sands Beach Condotel development provides investors the opportunity to take part in a hotel development by purchasing hotel rooms which they can in turn earn rent on. This development is nearing completion, is targeted to be ready by end 2013.

But if it an urban lifestyle you fancy, Ayala Land, part of the Ayala Corporation in the Philippines is offering up that possibility at your doorstep. A variety of properties under the Ayala Land umbrella will put you in the centre of Makati city, Manila, with conveniences, shopping and much more in the vicnity.

Garden Towers and Escalada Scelod condominiums in the Philippines. Photo by Ayala Land.

Garden Towers and Escala Salcedo condominiums in the Philippines. Photo by Ayala Land.

Still undecided about which to go for, or perhaps you might even be considering a few, the iProperty International Property expo is where you will find all these developers and more, under one roof, presenting collections and properties at the same time. It might just be the best way to do your research, consult with experts, gather various information and compare pros and cons across the board before signing on the dotted line. The exhibition runs from 26 to 28 July at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and you can pre-register here.

Winners of the People’s Choice Award 2013 – Rise of the “Suburban Condominiums”.

While Singapore has a land area of only 710sq m, there are more than 2,000 private residential developments.  As each development has its unique style, architecture and design to suit the myriad of taste and preferences, consumers are spoilt for choices.

From the annual iProperty Consumer Sentiments Survey, more than 2,000 Singapore respondents indicated thatlocation, price and area were the fundamentals of property selection in Singapore.  As a follow-up, the inaugural People’s Choice Awards (PCA) was organised by iProperty.com to find out which projects are the hot favourites among consumers.  Respondents could vote for whichever properties they felt were most deserving of the awards and unlike actually buying the property, they were not constrained by their budget.

I recall writing an article for iProperty.com several months ago and had selected some of the developments that I thought would stand a chance of winning some of the awards.

To recap, I thought that Marina Bay Suites stood a goodchance of winning the “Take my Breath Award” as the condominium overlooked the Marina Bay as well as the integrated resort.  As for the “Object of Desire Award” I thought that the Interlace stood a very good chance of winning as world-renowned architects Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas from OMA designed the development.  As for the condominium that I would “bet my granny’s savings on” is My Manhattan as it was located near the top 3 most profitable developments from 2009 to 2012.

And the winners are…

City Slickers Award – Best Condominium in Orchard/CBD District:

Skyline @ Orchard Boulevard by Far East Organization

Life’s a Beach Award – Condominium with the Best Resort feel:

Seastrand by Far East Organization

Object of Desire Award – Condominium with the Best Architecture

The Palette by City Developments Limited

Property I would even bet my granny’s savings on Award – Condominium you think that has the highest appreciation potential

Gaia by Amerald Land Ptd Ltd

Saving Gaia Award – Best Eco-Friendly Condominium

eCO by Far East Organization

Supersize Me Award – Best Condominium for Families

Euhabitat by Far East Organization

Staycation Award – Condominium that has facilities of a hotel

Riversound Residence by Qing Jian Realty Pte Ltd

Swinging Single Party Pad Award – Condominium that is best for Singles

Altez by Far East Organization

Take my Breath Award – Condominium with the greatest views

H20 Residences by City Development Limited

Property with the Most Votes award ​

eCO by Far East Organization

 

What can we glean from the results?

One of the key observations was that many of the developments that won awards were located in the Outside Central Region (OCR).  This goes to show that Singaporeans are starting to accept that desirabledevelopments do not necessarily have to be located in traditional hotspots like Districts 9, 10 and 11.  While traditional hotspots still command a premium, consumers who are more particular on design, facilities, eco-friendliness, etc. are prepared to look beyond the Core Central Region (CCR).

 

If we were to take a look at developed countries such as the United States or Australia, many condominium projects there offer such special facilities such as a movie theatre, personal trainer in the gym, concierge service, etc.  As Singaporeans become more discerning, it is no longer enough to just offer garden-variety facilities like tennis courts and swimming pools.  To really stand out, developers would have to spend time to come up withunique identifying features such as one-of-a-kindarchitecture or even special facilities like rock-climbing walls and golf simulators.

 

Property investors hoping to find the next hot deal should also move beyond the conventional wisdom of “location, location, location”.  With an area of only 710sq m, any part of Singapore is likely to be several minutes’ drive away from amenities or a shopping mall.  Hence, to assess the potential of a project, they should also take into consideration the “feel good” factor that the projects elicit.  Hopefully, you will remember this list of PCA winners and eventually use this information to help you decide on your next purchase.

Kitchen Hobs that think for you

In recent years, many have come to recognize that cooking is more than just making food edible. It is an emotion. It tells stories of ages past and of what is to be. Which is why you need to find the most ecological way to help you tell your story.
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Saving time, and money comes as a big part of the package with the range of kitchen hobs by Teka. They not only look smart, but they work smarter. Away with those uncooperative lighters which often work on murphy’s law! Teka’s kitchen hobs come with a built-in auto-ignition system which integrates the spark plug within the spark generator, thus ensuring that a fire will be lit everytime you turn the knob.

The smart design also features an auto-lock safety device which detects any flame that dies, triggering an electric signal that closes the gas valve. All within 10 to 20 seconds. It may just help save lives.

EF 90 4G_!Only the best quality cast iron grids are used on the Teka kitchen hobs. They last longer, are more stable and best of all, are dishwasher safe. You no longer have to set aside time to put on the rubber gloves, get out the steel wool to scrub off layers and layers of dirt and oil. Their matt, enamel finish also gaurantees that it fits with almost any kitchen design, from retro to modern to country to bohemian.

And iProperty has for you a rather emotional gift from our kitchen wonderland campaign. A brand new EF/90 4G Ai AI kitchen hob to go with your brand new (or it certainly would now!) kitchen.

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1) Browse The Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Wonderland Gallery.

2) Click on your favorite Kitchen Interior Design and VOTE for it!

International Property Expo Lucky Draw Results

Thank you

We would like to take this chance to Thanks everyone whom made our event a success and look forward to your continuous support!  Let’s announce the winners for our lucky draw give-away!

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Strong response for iProperty.com EXPO International Collection over the weekend

The iProperty.com Expo International Collection over the weekend attracted a strong crowd of over 8,000 at Marina Bay Sands with S$20 million worth of sales concluded.

“We are pleased that response has been well received by both our exhibitors and consumers. The quality of properties showcased and invited speakers have helped pull in the crowd. In total, the expo generated S$20 million worth of sales,” said Alfa Matnoor, consumer marketing manager at iProperty.com Singapore.


The property expo, held at the Singapore Convention Centre, Hall A, featured projects from Malaysia, United States and Thailand, among others.

First time participant, MRCB Land, said they are happy with response with $5 million worth of sales concluded.

“The response has been great. This is the first time we are participating in the expo at Marina Bay Sands. It is our introduction to the Singapore market for Kuala Lumpur central. We like it and we will need to continuously build our brand here so that people are more familiar with MRCB and Kuala Lumpur central,” said Zamry Ibrahim, marketing director at MRCB Land

Likewise, Land and General Berhad said it sold five to six units of its project in Kuala Lumpur with a gross development value (GDV) of $2 million.

 

Iskandar Malaysia projects getting popular

Projects in Iskandar Malaysia, in particular, proved to be popular among Singaporeans and expatriate investors at the expo, as property prices continue hitting a new peak in the Lion City.

“Response has been very good. Projects in Iskandar Malaysia have been well received among Singapore investors due to the efforts to promote them by the southern government,” said Peter Lee, head sales and marketing/public relations, Leisure Farm Corporation Sdn Bhd.

According to Lee, Leisure Farm sold all but three of its Bayou Creek bungalows at the expo.

SP Setia Bhd also said they are satisfied with the response.

The Malaysian developers said it shifted a few units over the weekend.

“We have seen a lot of interest from Singaporeans to buy homes in Johor Bahru due to the pricing difference between homes in Singapore and Johor,” said a spokesperson.


Good response to seminars


Getty Goh, one of the invited speakers at the expo, also praised the strong crowd at the seminars the expo had attracted.

“I felt that the iProperty EXPO International Collection was very well organised and the turn out, especially during my talk, was overwhelming. All the seats were filled and there was only standing space left. After the talk, I also received numerous queries from potential business prospects. As a whole, I found it to be a very worthwhile event and the returns I got from attending outweighed my investment of time, effort and money,” said Goh, director at Ascendant Assets Pte Ltd.

The iProperty.com EXPO International Collection is the final expo of its kind to be held in Singapore.

Success Breakthrough and Beyond 2012 was a resounding Success!

iProperty.com played host to over 300 agents at the HDB Hub Auditorium on July 10, 2012 at the agent seminar event “Success Breakthrough and Beyond 2012”

Invited Guest Speakers, Mr. David Poh K. B., Managing Director of Asia Management & Wisdom Pte Ltd grabs the crowd’s attention with his topic “Now is the Best Time to Build a Career Serving Commercial/ Industrial Real Estate Investors” whilst Mr. Colin Tan, Managing Director of Colin Tan Training & Consultancy wows the agents with his antics on ”How to Deal with Buyer Hesitation”.

Some key Industry leaders graced our event too with their participation in our panel sessions. Topics discussed were “Where will the Property Market be Heading in 2012″ and “Between ECs, Private Properties and Commercial Properties, What will be the Best ROI?”

The event was brought to a new hype when agents sees value for money as they snapped up iProperty.com’s products and services at 50% off the usual price! All staff was kept busy as agents signs up for iProperty.com subscription packages.

We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to our invited guests speakers, panelists and all agents who have attended the event. And we hope to see you again at our upcoming events!

Pictures tell a thousand words, check out the excitement and happiness from everyone’s faces!

A beeline towards the registration desk

A beeline towards the registration desk

Hunks on the go wth our Mobile Billboards behind their backs

Hunks on the go wth our Mobile Billboards behind their backs

Mohammad Ismail anxiously waiting his turn to give his views

Mohammad Ismail anxiously waiting his turn to give his views

Our panelists in action

Our panelists in action

Our Sales Manager was Surprised!

Our Sales Manager was Surprised!

Standing tall, Colin Tan speak shares his thoughts

Standing tall, Colin Tan speak shares his thoughts

The hype on the sales floor as agents sign up for fantastic deals

The hype on the sales floor as agents sign up for fantastic deals